Lahore gets eliminated as Islamabad United reigns supreme

The match played between Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars was all crucial as a win for either teams would mean a place certain in the play-offs.

A win for Lahore Qalandars would mean a sure place in the next stage of the competition as Karachi Kings and Islamabad United would then slug it out in terms of head to head and run rate equations.

Islamabad United Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and decided to field first.The pacers responded and picked up three wickets by taking out Azhar Ali and Cameron Delport in their opening bursts.

Lahore Qalandars were placed in a precarious situation as three wickets went early but Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Akmal put on 97 run partnership to revive the teams chances to post a good score on the board.

Sohaib Maqsood made 57 runs off 44 balls that included five fours and two sixes after sitting on sidelines for major part of the tournament.

Umar Akmal continued his good form as he made a quickfire 72 runs off 49 balls to take his team to a total of  150 runs after 20 overs.

In reply, Sharjeel Khan and Dwayne Smith for Islamabad United fell early to the pacer Zia-ul-Haq to place Islamabad United at 24 for 2.

Brad Haddin made a composed half century that included five fours and two sixes as Khalid Latif provided able support at the other end.

Misbah-ul-Haq came in and steer his team towards victory as he made 38 runs off 19 balls.The win for Islamabad United shows signs of the team peaking at the right moment.

The defeat for Lahore Qalandars meant an overall disappointing campaign for the team who was dubbed as favorites to win the coveted inaugural Pakistan Super League held in desert shores of UAE.




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